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Oregon Is Not Just Portland: Planning a Sustainable Economy in Peripheral Areas of the American West

September 12, 2015View for printing

My article, "The Oregon Way: Planning a sustainable economy in the American West," began from observations made while walking my dog. Having recently moved to Oregon, I was excited by the prospect of living in the purported "sustainability capital" of the planet (according to its press clippings). In contrast, while walking in my neighborhood--and later, while traveling around the state--what I was seeing (outside of a few gentrified neighborhoods) were poorly built and maintained houses, numerous working poor on the edge, and towns without any solid economic base.

Robert Young

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36 Hours in Portland, Ore.

There is no place in the country better known as a bastion of good living, leisure and happy inebriation than Oregon’s largest little city, the low-lying mini-metropolis of Portland.


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